Reported kidnapping at Paso Robles school was unfounded, police say

newsroom@thetribunenews.comFebruary 14, 2014 

A report of a possible kidnapping Friday morning outside Daniel Lewis Middle School was unfounded and all children at the campus were accounted for within 30 minutes, the Paso Robles Police Department said.

While the report was being investigated, a “shelter in place” was initiated at the school and an emergency roll call taken. Police were assisted by a CHP helicopter, and Paso Robles Joint Unified School District security staff were also involved.

The incident began when the Police Department received a call at about 10:23 a.m. Friday from the school, saying a juvenile told the campus staff that she thought she saw her friend being kidnapped in a white truck in front of the school in the 900 block of Creston Road.

The witness said she was waiting for her friend when she heard a girl’s voice call her name and saw someone she believed to be her friend waving from the truck as it drove away. The witness thought her friend was being taken against her will and told the campus staff.

After interviewing the witness, police found her friend safe at the campus. When the roll call was taken, all students were accounted for and the shelter in place action was ended by 10:51 a.m., police Lt. Tim Murphy said. 

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